Half-Leather. No Jacket. First Thus. First American edition of the collected works of Samuel Johnson, with an Essay on his Life and Genius by Arthur Murphy. Published in 2 volumes, here bound together as one. Large thick quarto bound in contemporary half red leather over marbled paper covered boards. Covers rubbed and age worn. Spine stamped in gold with ‘Johnson’s Work s I. II [and] Publisher’s logo and New York 1833 on lower extremity. Old signature on fly and end-papers heavily foxed. Engraved title page with portrait. Printed in double column format. Sporadic light marginal foxing throughout and first score pages show marginal dampstain along lower edge. Else text generally clean and volume tight and solid, despite its size. Large oversize volume, good.